We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.
And then we don’t. And slowly, it deteriorates in the fridge until it’s thrown out a few days later. We intend to be good and eat that salad we bought and those apples, but then other choices get in the way and they spoil.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that one-third of this nation’s food goes to waste.
It is not just the individual consumer. Some stores and agricultural producers will throw out a dozen eggs if just one in the box is cracked. Or, they will dispose of perfectly good bagged lettuce because it was mislabeled.
With increasing human population and decreasing water supplies, it only makes sense from personal responsibility level, but also from a level of respect for others to be cautious with food.
An animal gave its life for that meat in the lasagna, and a farmer spent hours growing the wheat for those noodles.
If you are throwing away a third of your food, think how much money you would save if you planned a little better.
If a family of four spends $600 per month on food, just by planning, they could save enough to take the family out to the movies and to dinner.
Easy tips to save food are to plan meals, freeze half while cooking to serve at another time, cook smaller meals, and eat those leftovers.
It’s good for you, for your pocketbook, for the environment, and this country.